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Shallows ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Shallows Surf Guide

Shallows in Newcastle is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast.. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Shallows Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shallows:

The best conditions reported for surf at Shallows occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Shallows (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Shallows with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 18% of the time in April while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 49% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
18%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
33%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
49%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Shallows Location Map

Interactive Shallows surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Shallows is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 23 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shallows is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Shallows Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 2 August 2021, 11:42 Local Time
Monday 02
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m)
1.3
SSE
1.2
SSE
0.8
S
1.2
ENE
Period (s) 8 7 8 5
Wind (km/h)
15
25
25
25
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
on

Swell History at Shallows

Surf stats for Shallows, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Shallows

Wind stats for Shallows, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Shallows. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    6km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: very consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away

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